It is the firm belief of The Shakespeare Code that the great eighteenth century Scottish historian, William Guthrie, was right…..
William Shakespeare DID travel to Scotland in 1599….
His mission, in embassy from the Earls of Essex and Southampton, was to convince King James VI of Scotland……
……to invade England and to force Queen Elizabeth……
…. to name him as her successor…..
To this end, Shakespeare wrote and performed MacBeth at Holyrood House – in the very Hall where James had interrogated the Berwick witches….
And where they had danced for him….
And where Chief Witch Agnes Sampson told him things about his private life she cannot possibly have known….
WITHOUT THE AID OF SUPERNATURAL POWERS!!!
Shakespeare’s aim was to convince King James that ALL usurpers of ANY throne should be destroyed….
And as far as Catholics were concerned…..
And as far as Shakespeare was concerned….
Queen Elizabeth had usurped the throne of England from Mary Queen of Scots by chopping off her head….
……just as the Macbeths murder thir saintly guest, King Duncan….
And the witches, by showing Macbeth a vision of Banquo’s descendants – and endless line of Kings with sceptres…..
…..are suggesting to James that the throne of England, with all its magical, healing properties is rightly his….
James was a descendant of Banquo himself….
Brothers and Sisters of The Code are invited to examine the evidence…..
….IF THEY DARE….
…of the six part series, ‘MacBeth Decoded’.
To read Part One, Shakespeare in Scotland, please click: HERE
To read Part Two, The Political Backdrop, please click: HERE
To read Part Three, The Witches (I), please click: HERE
To read Part Four, The Witches (II), please click: HERE
To read Part Five, The MacBeths as Queen Elizabeth, please click: HERE
To read Part Six, Conclusion and Witch Finale, please click: HERE